Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Ah spring.... I love seeing everything turn from cold and dreary to budding with new life.
This mandala was drawn using a fine nibbed Lamy Safari fountain pen filled with R&K Magenta ink. I drew it on Clairefontaine Ingres/Pastel White Laid Paper (one of my favorites) and then using a Niji waterbrush and a delicate hand, used plain water to draw out the color from the ink. As fountain pen inks are water based, they act like watercolor paints. (Note that some inks are more permanent that others... your results may vary.)
Finally bought a bottle of Rohrer & Klingner's Magenta fountain pen ink from Pear Tree Pens, the only current US retailer for this ink. R&K is a German ink company and of the colors I've sampled, I'm totally in love with their Magenta & Purple. (Solferino) The colors are bright, warm & vibrant and so far, seem to have excellent flow. $12 for a 50ml bottle.